Will Self in conversation

A Literary Leicester event

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Nov 14, 2014
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM


Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

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After a sell-out visit to Literary Leicester in 2012, Will Self is back to showcase his new novel. Shark is based on real events during WW2, when the ship which had delivered the material to be dropped on Hiroshima was sunk by a Japanese submarine with the loss of 900 men, including 200 killed in the largest shark attack ever recorded. When Creep, a resident in the 1970s at the North London therapeutic community supervised by psychiatrist Zack Busner, starts to tell rambling stories of thrashing in the water while under attack from sharks, Busner must decide whether they are schizoid delusions or reflect reality.

Self is the author of many novels and books of non-fiction, including Great Apes, The Book of Dave, How the Dead Live, shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year 2002, The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008, and Umbrella, shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2012.


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